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Birding Chile, A Quest for Endemics and Specialties

Quest for the endemics and specialties of Mediterranean Chile, the Lake District, Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego. We will bird throughout the most scenic areas of the country, visiting a wide range of habitats, including mountain areas, rocky seashores, oceanic waters, scrubby slopes, broad-leaf woodlands, temperate and sub-Antarctic forests and wind-swept steppes and islands. Discover the birdlife of Chile in the hands of a Chilean-based company and the expertise and field skills of highly experienced local guides.

Next departures: January 6-19, 2018 with Rodrigo Tapia & November 24 - December 7, 2018 (Tour Leader, TBA) • 14-day trip from Santiago de Chile. 


Pincoya Storm-Petrel (Oceanites pincoyae) © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Exp

Pincoya Storm-Petrel (Oceanites pincoyae) © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Exp


Book this trip, reserve space now!Birding Chile is an exciting birdwatching journey aimed to discover the endemics and specialties of this 3,000-mile long and narrow biogeographical island and explore and enjoy its marvelous landscapes, excellent infrastructure, great cuisine and fabulous wines at a relaxed, laid-back pace. Chile is a land of huge contrasts, truly a 'geographic extravaganza'. On this birding adventure we will explore Chile's incredibly diverse habitats and marvel at some of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth, while enjoying top-class hotels, cuisine and wines. From Mediterranean scrub to lush rainforests and coastal marshes, from the windswept steppes of Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia, to the impressive lakes and volcanoes of south-central Chile, our search for the avian specialties of this long and narrow country will take us from the high Andes to the cold and productive waters of the Humboldt Current in the Pacific. We will find many interesting species, some of them with very restricted distributional ranges and some endemic to the country.


Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, Phegornis mitchellii © Rodrigo Tapia

Diademed Sandpiper-Plover (Phegornis mitchellii) © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Exp




Inca Tern, Larosterna inca, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South ExpeditionsItinerary in Brief (14 days, 13 nights)

Day 1 • Farellones and Valle Nevado 

Day 2 • Lampa & Central Coast - Aconcagua rivermouth 

Day 3 • La Campana National Park 

Day 4 • Pelagic trip off Valparaiso - Laguna El Peral 

Day 5 • El Yeso Valley 

Day 6 • Altos de Lircay Nature Reserve 

Day 7 • Colbun Lake 

Day 8 • Flight to Puerto Montt - Puyehue NP 

Day 9 • Puyehue National Park 

Day 10 • Boat trip off Puerto Montt - Coastal mudflats 

Day 11 • Flight to Punta Arenas - San Juan Bay 

Day 12 • Ferry to Tierra del Fuego - Useless Bay 

Day 13 • Pali Aike National Park 

Day 14 • Magdalena Island - Flight to Santiago 


Trip Highlights

• The magnificent Andean Condor and Magellanic Woodpecker.

• Stunning waders including Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, Magellanic Plover, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Rufous-chested Dotterel and Two-banded Plover.

• Up to nine endemic species including Slender-billed Parakeet, Crag Chilia, Moustached Turca and White-throated Tapaculo. We will also search for the quasi-endemic Chestnut-throated Huet-huet.

• We shall find a diverse selection of pelagic seabirds including Royal, Salvin’s, Black-browed and Buller's albatrosses, together with a significant number of petrels and shearwaters.

• A spectacular system of national parks and nature reserves protecting some of the most beautiful places on Earth.



Detailed Itinerary and Activities

Day 1 • Arrival to Santiago during the morning – Afternoon trip to Farellones and Valle Nevado

After your arrival to Santiago airport and meet your birding guide, you will be transferred to your hotel. During the afternoon we will search in the vicinity of Farellones for several Andean species including Mountain Caracara, White-sided Hillstar, Rufous-banded and Creamy-rumped Miners, Cinereous, Black-fronted, White-browed and Rufous-naped Ground-tyrants plus Greater Yellow-Finch, Grey-hooded and Band-tailed Sierra-Finch. We will also look for the endemic Chilean Tinamou and Chilean Mockingbird and we might have the chance of seeing Red-backed (Variable) Hawk and Aplomado Falcon.

Overnight at Hotel Galerías or similar, Santiago (Dinner)(Guide).


Chilean Tinamou, Nothoprocta perdicaria © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions

Chilean Tinamou, Nothoprocta perdicaria © Enrique Couve, Far South Exp


Day 2 • Lampa marshes and Central coastAconcagua rivermouth

Early in the morning we will drive a short distance north to visit some marshes. Here our targets will be South American Painted Snipe, Rosy-billed Pochard, White-cheeked Pintail and Cocoi Heron. Later on, we will head westward to visit the scenic Chile’s Pacific coast and the productive rocky coast north of Valparaíso. Here we shall search for the endemic Chilean Seaside Cinclodes and endemic seabirds of the Humboldt Current such as Red-legged and Guanay Cormorants, Peruvian Booby, Grey Gull and the stunning Inca Tern. During the afternoon we will continue exploring the coastal areas, visiting a protected breeding colony of Humboldt Penguin; we hope to be able to see here the scarce and range-restricted Southern Sea Otter. Before ending the day will stop in a coastal marsh to see a variety of waterfowl including Red Shoveler, Yellow-billed Pintail, Speckled Teal and Chiloe Wigeon, all three lowland coot species, Spot-flanked Gallinule and Plumbeous Rail, which surprisingly is a rallid quite easy to spot as often walks in the open.

Overnight at Hotel Yachting or similar, Quintero (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).


Gray Gull, Leucophaeus modestus, Chile © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

Gray Gull, Leucophaeus modestus, Chile © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Exp


Day 3 • La Campana National Park and Central coast

Early in the morning, we will visit La Campana National Park, where we will look for an interesting array of passerines, all endemic to Chile, Dusky-tailed Canastero, Moustached Turca, Dusky Tapaculo and White-throated Tapaculo. We are also likely to encounter the remarkable Giant Hummingbird, Striped Woodpecker, Austral Pygmy Owl and Chilean Pigeon.

Overnight at Hotel Yachting or similar, Quintero (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).


Chiloe Wigeon, Anas sibilatrix © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions

Chiloe Wigeon, Anas sibilatrix © Enrique Couve, Far South Exp


Day 4 • Pelagic trip from ValparaísoLaguna El Peral Nature Reserve

Today we will make an unforgettable visit to the cold waters of the Humboldt Current, considered to be one of the world’s finest pelagic birding locations. We can expect to see a great variety of tubenoses such as Black-browed and Salvin’s Albatrosses. On recent trips we have often recorded Buller’s, Chatham, Wandering (Antipodean) and both Northern and Southern Royal albatrosses. We should also find Southern and Northern Giant Petrels, Pintado, Masatierra, White-chinned and Westland Petrels, Pink-footed, Buller’s and Sooty Shearwaters, Wilson’s Storm-petrel, and Peruvian Diving-Petrel. Other seabirds we may encounter include Red (Grey) Phalaropes, Sabine’s Gulls and Chilean Skuas. During the afternoon we will visit the Maipo rivermouth and surrounding coastal wetlands, including the exceptional El Peral Nature Reserve, where we will concentrate in finding the cryptic-coloured Stripe-backed Bittern, the brood-parasitic Black-headed Duck and the striking Many-colored Rush-Tyrant. We will also have a chance to find the scarce and local Ticking Doradito.

Overnight at Hotel Galerías or similar, Santiago (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).


Salvin's Albatross, Thalassarche salvini © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions 

Salvin's Albatross, Thalassarche salvini © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Exp

Day 5 • El Yeso Valley

We will have a full day exploring the surroundings of El Yeso reservoir in the Andean foothills, where will hopefully be rewarded with sightings of the endemic Crag Chilia plus our first Andean Condors, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, and several other Andean specialities such as Black-winged Ground-Dove, Grey-flanked Cinclodes, Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant and Yellow-rumped Siskin. Careful scanning of grasslands and streams may produce the stunning Diademed Sandpiper-plover, our main target species for the day. This is a lovely mountain spot where we will also have chances for flocking Mountain Parakeets.

Overnight at Hotel Galerías or similar, Santiago (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).


Greater Yellow-Finch, Scales auriventris © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions

Greater Yellow-Finch, Sicalis auriventris © Enrique Couve, Far South Exp


Magellanic Woodpecker, Campephilus magellanicus © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South ExpeditionsDay 6 • Drive to Talca Altos de Lircay Nature Reserve

Early in the morning we will continue our exploration south of Santiago to seek forest-dwelling birds of the Andean slopes. Among others, today we shall be seeking for Rufous-legged Owl, Magellanic Woodpecker, White-throated Treerunner and quasi-endemic Chestnut-throated Huet-huet. Along the road we will find the opportunity to observe the largest of the tyrant-flycatchers, the Great Shrike-tyrant.

Overnight at Complejo Turístico El Roble, Vilches Alto (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).


Day 7 • Altos de Lircay Nature ReserveColbun LakeDrive to Santiago

While exploring an Andean reservoir, our search will concentrate on the endemic Dusky Tapaculo and the threatened Chilean race of the Burrowing Parrot, which usually congregates in noisy flocks. After an enjoyable morning birding in the beautiful temperate forests of Vilches Altos, will be transferred to Santiago.

Overnight at Hotel Diego de Almagro airport or similar, Santiago (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).


Day 8 • Morning flight to Puerto MonttDrive to Antillanca

Chucao Tapaculo, Scelorchilus rubecula © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South ExpeditionsToday we will take a short flight southwards to Puerto Montt, the entrance to Chile’s Lake District. The grasslands, orchards and meadows are ideal for Black-faced Ibis, the endemic Slender-billed Parakeet, Chilean Flicker, Rufous-tailed Plantcutter, Common Diuca-Finch and Grassland Yellow-Finch. During the afternoon we will aim to Puyehue National Park where we will attempt to find Black-throated Huet-huet, Ochre-flanked Tapaculo, Des Murs Wiretail and the local and rare Rufous-tailed Hawk.

Overnight at Hotel Antillanca, Puyehue (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).


Day 9 • Puyehue National Park

The sight of these magnificent temperate rainforests amidst the fantastic mountain backdrop is simple breathtaking. Here we will search for Green-backed Firecrown, White-throated Treerunner, White-crested Elaenia, Patagonian Tyrant plus other specialties of the Nothofagus forests.

Overnight at Hotel Club Presidente or similar, Puerto Montt (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).


Day 10 • Boat trip off Puerto MonttCoastal mudflats

This morning we will explore again the park’s lush rainforests in search of skulking tapaculos. During the afternoon we will be transferred to Puerto Montt. We will scan the intertidal mudflats south of Puerto Montt in search of wintering flocks of Hudsonian Godwits, Red Knots and Sanderlings plus the stocky Flightless Steamer-Duck, big flocks of Black-necked Swans and Silvery Grebes and solitary individuals of the local Snowy-crowned (Trudeau’s) Tern.

Overnight at Hotel Club Presidente or similar, Puerto Montt (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).


Austral Pygmy-Owl, Glaucidium nana © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Austral Pygmy-Owl, Glaucidium nana © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp


Day 11 • Morning flight to Punta ArenasSan Juan area

This morning we will take our fight to Punta Arenas, Chile’s southernmost city. This can be a truly enjoyable plane journey as will fly over seemingly endless Patagonian icecaps, deep fjords and the rugged peaks of the southern Andes. We will bird along the coast of the Straits of Magellan looking for Flying Steamer and Crested Ducks, Kelp Goose, King and Rock Cormorant and Magellanic Oystercatcher.

Overnight at Hotel Diego de Almagro or similar, Punta Arenas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).

 Torrent Duck (Merganetta armata), a common Andean species occurring in the fast-flowing streams and rivers of central and southern Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Torrent Duck, Merganetta armata © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp

Day 12 • Ferry crossing to Tierra del FuegoLaguna Verde and Bahía Inútil

On our crossing to Porvenir in Tierra del Fuego, by ferry, we will enjoy the company of Black-browed Albatrosses and Southern Giant Petrels and the views of Magellanic Diving-Petrel. Among our target species in Tierra del Fuego will be interesting shorebirds such as Two-banded and Magellanic Plovers and Rufous-chested Dotterel. Then we will explore the shrubby slopes and moorland of the Baquedano Hills, as we search for specialties such as Magellanic Horned Owl, Austral Canastero and the stunning Black-throated Finch.

Overnight at Yendegaia House, Porvenir (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide). 


King Penguins, Aptenodytes patagonicus © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

King Penguin, Aptenodytes patagonica © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp


Day 13 • Ferry crossing to mainlandPali Aike road

Today we will cross the windswept steppes of Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia in search of its specialties including Ruddy-headed Goose, Least Seedsnipe, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Short-billed Miner, Band-tailed Earthcreeper and Chocolate-vented Tyrant. A short ferry ride will allow us to be on mainland once again and if we are lucky to see the striking Commerson’s Dolphin following the wake. Chilean Flamingos, Upland Goose, Coscoroba Swans, Silver Teal plus thousands of waders such as Wilson’s Phalarope, Baird’s and White-rumped Sandpipers will be common at the roadside wetlands while we explore and enjoy of the beauty of this “big sky” open country. On the journey, we should encounter Lesser Rhea, Cinereous Harrier, Cinnamon-bellied Ground-Tyrant and Patagonian Mockingbird.

Overnight at Hotel Diego de Almagro or similar, Punta Arenas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).


Ashy-headed and Upland Geese, Tierra del Fuego, Chilean Patagonia © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions

Ashy-headed Geese, Chloephaga poliocephala and male Upland Goose, Chloephaga picta © Enrique Couve, Far South Exp


Day 14 • Boat trip to Magdalena IslandAfternoon flight to SantiagoEnd of the trip

This morning we will visit the Magellanic Penguin rookery at Magdalena Island. In the rocky shores we will look for Dolphin Gulls. We will be back to Punta Arenas to take a flight towards Santiago, where our trip will ends. (Breakfast)(Guide).



Trip Map

Birding Chile with   Fantastico Sur Expeditions | Trip Map



Dates and Rates 


Birding Chile
Trip Code CHL01
Trip Length 14-day trip from Santiago, Chile
Dates 2018 $4,098
2019 $535
Price per person (USD) $4,098
Single Supplement (USD) $535
Maximum group size: 8 participants


What the trip includes/excludes

The above price is per person in US$, based on double occupancy. All payments are in US Dollars.

Single supplement will be added if single accommodations are requested.

The trip price includes: All accommodations, meals and guide services as stated in the itinerary, private ground transportation during the tour, pelagic trip off Valparaiso (c. 6 hours), two ferry rides, and park entrance fees. A daily bottle of mineral water is also included.

The trip price excludes: Domestic flights (add app. $300 for 3 in-country flight package), tipping for restaurants and guides, travel insurance, entrance tax to Chile, excess baggage charges, private excursions, à la carte dishes, snacks, drinks, laundry, telephone calls and anything else of a purely personal nature.



Tour Leader


Tour Leader and Ornithologist Rodrigo Tapia


Rodrigo Tapia started his long-time love relationship with birds when he became an avid birder by the age of 10, and has been observing, studying and learning about them for more than 30 years now, first by birding in many different environments from the seaside to the Andes mountains around his home patch, acquiring in the process a good deal of field experience with virtually all the birds of central Chile including most chilean endemics, and later expanding his voyages to the rest of the country. This early passion naturally evolved into his career and led him into studying Biology at Universidad Católica de Valparaíso and further studying with Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

He has explored Chile's whole length from the northern Altiplano to Cape Horn while conducting ornithological research and guiding groups of birders since 1989. He studied the birds in the wetlands of the Aconcagua river and Mantagua for three years, gathering experience with shorebirds, plovers, waders and coastal seabirds. Rodrigo travelled to Antarctica for the first time in 1991 as part of a research team conducting studies on antarctic penguins, and later worked for eight seasons in the White Continent as an expedition leader, lecturer and zodiac driver on board a couple of vessels. These years of sailing across the Drake Passage, together with the experience gathered in pelagic birding off his hometown of Valparaíso in the Pacific coast of central Chile gave him hundreds of hours with albatrosses, petrels and other seabirds, a group of birds which has always captivated him.

Member of the Chilean Ornithologists Union, he has worked as a birding guide, as an independent researcher, and as a birding consultant and guide instructor for several nature-oriented hotels and lodges. He´s also interested in bird photography. Rodrigo has been involved in several environmental education projects with children, imparted workshops and lectured about birds and birding, and has worked to try and get the public attention on birds, their knowledge and conservation, and birdwatching as a sustainable economic activity. In this context he was the mind behind Festival de Aves de Chile, in 2008, the first ever bird festival in Chile, an event that is still celebrated every year in the city of Viña del Mar and has spurred the apparition of similar bird-centered community events throughout the country. He started guiding birding tours and pelagics in central Chile for Far South Expeditions in 2006 and currently works for us as a full-time birding, wildlife and wildlife photo trip leader and writer since 2012 when he moved to Punta Arenas.



Photo Gallery


Check out our photo gallery with images from recent birding trips throughout Chile.

Peruvian Pelican, Pelicans thagus © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions



Field Checklist

Birds and mammals possible to be seen during this trip.


Birds Mammals


Rheas | Rheidae

Lesser Rhea Rhea pennata


Tinamous | Tinamidae

Chilean Tinamou Nothoprocta perdicaria


Penguins | Spheniscidae

Humboldt Penguin Spheniscus humboldti

Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus

King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonica


Grebes | Podicipedidae

Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps

White-tufted Grebe Rollandia rolland

Great Grebe Podiceps major

Silvery Grebe Podiceps occipitalis

Albatrosses | Diomedeidae

Antipodean Albatros Diomedea antipodensis

Royal Albatross Diomedea epomophora

Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris

Buller's Albatross Thalassarche bulleri

Salvin's Albatross Thalassarche salvini

Chatham Albatross Thalassarche eremita

Shearwaters & Petrels | Procellariidae

Antarctic Giant Petrel Macronectes giganteus

Hall's Giant Petrel Macronectes halli

Southern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides

Cape Petrel Daption capense

Juan Fernandez Petrel Pterodroma externa

Defilippe's Petrel Pterodroma defilippiana

White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis

Westland Petrel Procellaria westlandica

Pink-footed Shearwater Puffinus creatopus

Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus


Storm-Petrels | Hydrobatidae

Wilson's Storm-Petrel Oceanites oceanicus


Diving-Petrels | Pelecanoididae

Peruvian Diving-Petrel Pelecanoides garnotii

Magellanic Diving-Petrel Pelecanoides magellani

Pelicans | Pelecanidae

Peruvian Pelican Pelecanus thagus


Gannets & Boobies | Sulidae

Peruvian Booby Sula variegata


Cormorants | Phalacrocoracidae

Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Rock Shag Phalacrocorax magellanicus

Guanay Cormorant Phalacrocorax bougainvillii

Imperial Shag Phalacrocorax atriceps

Red-legged Cormorant Phalacrocorax gaimardi


Herons, Egrets & Bitterns | Ardeidae

Cocoi Heron Ardea cocoi

Great Egret Ardea alba

Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Stripe-backed Bittern Ixobrychus involucris


Ibises & Spoonbills | Threskiornithidae

Black-faced Ibis Theristicus melanopis


Flamingos | Phoenicopteridae

Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis


Ducks, Geese & Swans | Anatidae

Black-necked Swan Cygnus melanocorypha

Coscoroba Swan Coscoroba coscoroba

Upland Goose Chloephaga picta

Kelp Goose Chloephaga hybrida

Ashy-headed Goose Chloephaga poliocephala

Ruddy-headed Goose Chloephaga rubidiceps

Flightless Steamerduck Tachyeres pteneres

Flying Steamerduck Tachyeres patachonicus

Torrent Duck Merganetta armata

Chiloe Wigeon Anas sibilatrix

Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris

Spectacled Duck Anas specularis

Crested Duck Anas specularioides

Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica

White-cheeked Pintail Anas bahamensis

Silver Teal Anas versicolor

Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera

Red Shoveler Anas platalea

Rosy-billed Pochard Netta peposaca

Black-headed Duck Heteronetta atricapilla

Andean Duck Oxyura ferruginea

Lake Duck Oxyura vittata


New World Vultures | Cathartidae

Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Andean Condor Vultur gryphus


Hawks, Eagles & Kites | Accipitridae

White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus

Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus

Chilean Hawk Accipiter chilensis

Harris' Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus

Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus

Variable Hawk Buteo polyosoma


Falcons & Caracaras | Falconidae

Mountain Caracara Phalcoboenus megalopterus

White-throated Caracara Phalcoboenus albogularis*

Southern Crested Caracara Caracara plancus

Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango

American Kestrel Falco sparverius

Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus


New World Quails | Odontophoridae

California Quail Callipepla californica

Rails, Gallinules & Coots | Rallidae

Austral Rail Rallus antarcticus*

Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus

Spot-flanked Gallinule Gallinula melanops

White-winged Coot Fulica leucoptera

Red-gartered Coot Fulica armillata

Red-fronted Coot Fulica rufifrons


Painted-Snipes | Rostratulidae

American Painted-snipe Rostratula semicollaris


Oystercatchers | Haematopodidae

Magellanic Oystercatcher Haematopus leucopodus

Blackish Oystercatcher Haematopus ater

American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus


Avocets & Stilts | Recurvirostridae

Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus

Plovers & Lapwings | Charadriidae

Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis

American Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica

Snowy Plover Charadrius alexandrinus

Collared Plover Charadrius collaris

Two-banded Plover Charadrius falklandicus

Rufous-chested Dotterel Charadrius modestus

Diademed Sandpiper-Plover Phegornis mitchellii

Tawny-throated Dotterel Oreopholus ruficollis


Magellanic Plover | Pluvianellidae

Magellanic Plover Pluvianellus socialis

Sandpipers & Allies | Scolopacidae

South American Snipe Gallinago paraguaiae

Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica

Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Surfbird Aphriza virgata

Red Knot Calidris canutus

Sanderling Calidris alba

White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis

Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii

Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor

Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicaria


Seedsnipes | Thinocoridae

Gray-breasted Seedsnipe Thinocorus orbignyianus

Least Seedsnipe Thinocorus rumicivorus


Sheathbills | Chionidae

Snowy Sheathbill Chionis alba


Skuas & Jaegers | Stercoraridae

Chilean Skua Stercorarius chilensis

South Polar Skua Stercorarius maccormicki

Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus


Gulls | Laridae

Dolphin Gull Larus scoresbii

Band-tailed Gull Larus belcheri

Gray Gull Larus modestus

Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus

Brown-hooded Gull Larus maculipennis

Andean Gull Larus serranus

Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan

Elegant Tern Sterna elegans

South American Tern Sterna hirundinacea

Common Tern Sterna hirundo

Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea

Snowy-crowned Tern Sterna trudeaui

Inca Tern Larosterna inca


Skimmers | Rhynchopidae

Black Skimmer Rynchops niger

Doves & Pigeons | Columbidae

Rock Dove Columba livia

Chilean Pigeon Columba araucana

Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata

Picui Ground-Dove Columbina picui

Black-winged Ground-Dove Metriopelia melanoptera


Parrots, Macaws & Allies | Psittacidae

Austral Parakeet Enicognathus ferrugineus

Slender-billed Parakeet (E) Enicognathus leptorhynchus

Mountain Parakeet Psilopsiagon aurifrons


Barn Owls | Tytonidae

Barn Owl Tyto alba


Typical Owls | Strigidae

Magellanic Horned Owl Bubo magellanicus

Rufous-legged Owl Strix rufipes

Austral Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium nanum

Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus


Nightjars & Allies | Caprimulgidae

Band-winged Nightjar Caprimulgus longirostris


Hummingbirds | Trochilidae

White-sided Hillstar Oreotrochilus leucopleurus

Giant Hummingbird Patagona gigas

Green-backed Firecrown Sephanoides sephaniodes


Kingfishers | Alcedinidae

Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata


Woodpeckers & Allies | Picidae

Striped Woodpecker Picoides lignarius

Chilean Flicker Colaptes pitius

Magellanic Woodpecker Campephilus magellanicus


Ovenbirds | Furnariidae

Common Miner Geositta cunicularia

Short-billed Miner Geositta antarctica

Rufous-banded Miner Geositta rufipennis

Creamy-rumped Miner Geositta isabellina

Scale-throated Earthcreeper Upucerthia dumetaria

Straight-billed Earthcreeper Upucerthia ruficauda

Band-tailed Earthcreeper Eremobius phoenicurus

Crag Chilia (E) Chilia melanura

Chilean Seaside Cinclodes (E) Cinclodes nigrofumosus

Dark-bellied Cinclodes Cinclodes patagonicus

Gray-flanked Cinclodes Cinclodes oustaleti

Bar-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus

Des Murs' Wiretail Sylviorthorhynchus desmursii

Thorn-tailed Rayadito Aphrastura spinicauda

Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura aegithaloides

Wren-like Rushbird Phleocryptes melanops

Lesser Canastero Asthenes pyrrholeuca

Dusky-tailed Canastero (E) Asthenes humicola

Cordilleran Canastero Asthenes modesta

Austral Canastero Asthenes anthoides

White-throated Treerunner Pygarrhichas albogularis


Tapaculos | Rhinocryptidae

Black-throated Huet-huet Pteroptochos tarnii

Moustached Turca (E) Pteroptochos megapodius

White-throated Tapaculo (E) Scelorchilus albicollis

Chucao Tapaculo Scelorchilus rubecula

Ochre-flanked Tapaculo Eugralla paradoxa

Magellanic Tapaculo Scytalopus magellanicus

Dusky Tapaculo (E) Scytalopus fuscus


Plantcutters | Phytotomidae

Rufous-tailed Plantcutter Phytotoma rara


Tyrant Flycatchers | Tyrannidae

White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps

Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus

Many-colored Rush-Tyrant Tachuris rubrigastra

Warbling Doradito Pseudocolopteryx flaviventris

Patagonian Tyrant Colorhamphus parvirostris

Fire-eyed Diucon Xolmis pyrope

Chocolate-vented Tyrant Neoxolmis rufiventris

Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant Agriornis montana

Great Shrike-Tyrant Agriornis livida

Spot-billed Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola maculirostris

Dark-faced Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola macloviana

Cinnamon-bellied Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola capistrata

Rufous-naped Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola rufivertex

White-browed Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola albilora

Cinereous Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola cinerea

Ochre-naped Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola flavinucha

Black-fronted Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola frontalis

Austral Negrito Lessonia rufa

Spectacled Tyrant Hymenops perspicillatus


Swallows | Hirundinidae

Chilean Swallow Tachycineta meyeni

Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica


Wagtails & Pipits | Motacillidae

Correndera Pipit Anthus correndera


Wrens | Troglodytidae

House Wren Troglodytes aedon

Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis


Mockingbirds & Thrashers | Mimidae

Patagonian Mockingbird Mimus patagonicus

Chilean Mockingbird (E) Mimus thenca


Thrushes & Allies | Turdidae

Austral Thrush Turdus falcklandii


Old World Sparrows | Passeridae

House Sparrow ( I ) Passer domesticus


Siskins, Crossbills & Allies | Fringillidae

Black-chinned Siskin Carduelis barbata

Yellow-rumped Siskin Carduelis uropygialis


Buntings, Sparrows & Allies | Emberizidae

Gray-hooded Sierra-Finch Phrygilus gayi

Patagonian Sierra-Finch Phrygilus patagonicus

Mourning Sierra-Finch Phrygilus fruticeti

Plumbeous Sierra-Finch Phrygilus unicolor

Band-tailed Sierra-Finch Phrygilus alaudinus

Canary-winged Finch Melanodera melanodera

Yellow-bridled Finch Melanodera xanthogramma*

Common Diuca-Finch Diuca diuca

Grassland Yellow-Finch Sicalis luteola

Greater Yellow-Finch Sicalis auriventris

Patagonian Yellow-Finch Sicalis lebruni

Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis


Troupials & Allies | Icteridae

Yellow-winged Blackbird Agelaius thilius

Long-tailed Meadowlark Sturnella loyca

Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis

Austral Blackbird Curaeus curaeus


Old World Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus

Brown Hare Lepus capensis

Degu Octodon degu

Nutria Myocastor coypus

Peale's Dolphin Lagenorhynchus australis

Commerson's Dolphin Cephalorhynchus commersonii

Southern Grey Fox Pseudalopex griseus

Culpeo Fox Pseudalopex culpaeus

Patagonian Hog-nosed Skunk Conepatus humboldti

Marine Otter Lontra felina

Southern Sea Lion Otaria byronia

Guanaco Lama guanicoe

Southern Andean Deer Hippocamelus bisulcus*



How to Book 


Tour Registration

To book this tour, please complete our registration form. We will process your booking form and will send you (within 24 hours) a note with space confirmation and a deposit invoice with payment instructions. The deposit amount is $500 per person. Full payment of the tour fee is due 90 days prior to tour departure.

NOTE: Inquires received on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays will be replied during the following working day.


Cancellation Policy

Notice of cancellation can only be accepted IN WRITING from the person who signed the booking form and takes effect on the day such noticed is received by us.


Refunds are made according to the following schedule:

• If cancellation is made 120 days or more before departure date, the deposit less US$ 200 is refundable.

• If cancellation is made between 120 and 60 days before departure, the deposit is not refundable, but any payments covering the balance of the fee will be refunded.

• If cancellation is made fewer than 59 days before departure date, no refund is available.

This policy and fee schedule also applies to pre-trip and post trip extensions, as well as any transfers from one tour to another. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance to protect yourself.